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Beauty Sickness in India

Beauty sickness in India starts surprisingly early, as soon as young girls are taught that their primary form of currency in this world involves being pleasing to the eyes of others. Beauty sickness is what happens when women’s emotional energy gets so bound up with what they see in the mirror that it becomes harder...

Govt. Powering Up Prosumers in India

Individual households and businesses are increasingly able to generate renewable energy for their own use. Advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) and falling prices for renewable energy appliances make this possible. All this has led to a new player in the energy system: the prosumers in India.  What Are Prosumers? Prosumers are end-use consumers of...

Integrated Approaches to Urban Energy Planning

A growing number of cities are using integrated approaches that harness a range of renewable energy sources for accelerating the energy transition. This shift can be seen as a move from a single-technology approach to a whole-systems approach to urban energy planning. Here’s how local authorities in parts of the world are working towards...

Resolution 2020 – Help Children in Need

Making the world a better place starts with children. Kids are the future... of each family, our nation, and our planet. Every child deserves to be loved and cherished and to grow up in a healthy, happy environment. Is your resolution 2020 to help children in need? From volunteering in schools to making donations for...

Innovative Climate Change Action in Cities Worldwide

Climate change action in cities is critical because urban spaces are significant contributors to climate change: they account for two-thirds of total energy demand and for around three-quarters of global carbon dioxide emissions. Meanwhile, cities are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  Groundwater depletion, fires, food shortages, sea-level rise, spikes in energy use...

Key Amendments to CSR Law in India

The year 2019 saw startling changes and additions to CSR law in India. Parliament passed amendments to the Companies Act to strengthen laws governing corporate social responsibility (CSR). There was drama over whether the govt. will impose imprisonment for non-compliance. The penal provision was done away with eventually. While Corporate India was thrilled about this,...

Converting Waste into Fuel in India

As cities grow, so too do the quantities of waste generated. Sustainable waste management marked by efficient management of resources can address the growing waste challenge by reducing, reusing and recycling the waste. A wide range of technologies enable cities to minimise the negative impacts of urban waste while producing local, renewable fuels. Converting...

Renewable energy could be the solution for air pollution in India

Air pollution in India is particularly challenging. It is triggered by rapid economic development, urbanisation and the widespread burning of coal for power and heat. In 2018, India was home to half of the world’s 50 most polluted cities. Exposure to air pollution has been linked to mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar...

Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture in India

Artificial intelligence in agriculture in India has immense potential. Farmers are unable to predict weather patterns or crop yields accurately, making it difficult for them to make informed financial and operational decisions. Since 2016, three various farming applications have been developed and applied for use in these communities. Here’s how smart farming in India has...

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Overseas Indians Making us Proud on NRI Day

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on January 9 to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. During a special Convention in New Delhi, select overseas Indians are also honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to recognize their contributions to various...

Reducing Food Waste Makes Financial Sense

Reducing food waste can have a positive impact on suppliers’ and consumers’ well-being. Food loss and waste results in roughly $940 billion in economic losses globally per year, according to a report by corporate coalition Champions 12.3. Reducing food waste in India can generate a “triple win.” It can save money for farmers, companies,...

What to Expect in India’s Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy

Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) will be in the spotlight in 2020, going by Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan's latest declaration. He announced at the 107th Indian Science Congress last Friday that his ministry is in an advanced stage of developing a formal policy on scientific social responsibility. Through the Department of Science and...

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